NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jurors in the federal fraud trial of the co-founders of a Florida-based charter jet company are scheduled to begin their third day of deliberations Friday.
Brothers Michael and Paul Brassington were indicted last year and accused of running illegal commercial charters and skirting safety requirements. Prosecutors also say they and their company, Platinum Jet Management of Fort Lauderdale falsified documents to hide the fact they were overloading their planes with cheap fuel.
The now-defunct company’s clients included film and music celebrities. Some paid as much as $85,000 for flights.
One of their planes crashed at Teterboro Airport in 2005, injuring 20 people and prompting an investigation into the company.
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